Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Athletics Department has announced that it has renamed the Capital Improvements Fund, The James C. Metzger Fund for Capital Improvements in recognition of James C. Metzger ’83. In December Hofstra announced a $1.5 million commitment from Metzger to support the men’s lacrosse program and all sports via the Capital Improvements Fund.

“Based on Jim’s leadership and generosity to Hofstra Athletics through this pledge we thought it fitting to rename the Capital Improvements Fund in his honor,” said Hofstra University Director of Athletics Jack Hayes.  “He has always wanted to find ways to enhance our entire athletics program.  This most recent pledge has certainly done that.”

Half of Metzger’s $1.5 million dollar pledge will support The Metzger Fund, providing the Athletics Department with increased resources to support enhancements for all teams.  The gift will also support upgrades to The Fried Center for Student-Athlete Development, weight training facilities in Margiotta Hall and the Mack Sports Complex and athletic training rooms throughout all athletic facilities.

Additionally, The Metzger Fund will continue to serve as a gift designation option to Pride Club members, alumni, parents and fans in all athletic development publications and membership outreach.  Proceeds from the annual Hofstra Pride Golf Classic and Auction will also benefit The Metzger Fund.

Metzger is Chairman, CEO and founder of The Whitmore Group, Ltd., a leading insurance brokerage and financial services firm with headquarters in Garden City, New York.

Metzger has been extremely generous to Hofstra over the past several years, contributing funds to renovate the men’s and women’s lacrosse locker rooms, and to make possible the Traditions Project – a history of the men and women’s lacrosse and football programs.   His support also carries over to the academic side of campus as he has endowed a summer internship program within the Center for Civic Engagement in honor of his history professor, current faculty member, Michael D’Innocenzo.